Jazz Festival announces July 30-31 dates, expecting 10,000 in return to in-person
The Seventh Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival will be held the weekend of July 30-31, returning after a two-year interruption, the Cambridge Office for Tourism and Cambridge Jazz Foundation said Wednesday.
The free, outdoor festival features live music from noon to 6 p.m. each day at Danehy Park, 99 Sherman St., in Neighborhood 9 just east of Fresh Pond. With the year’s River Festival canceled over concerns about the spread of Covid, the jazz fest is sponsored by Cambridge Arts as part of its makeup “Ripple Festival” of smaller events.
Up to 10,000 people are expected to attend the Jazz Festival, according to Cambridge Arts.
The headlining acts are Grammy Award-winning percussionist Eguie Castrillo and his orchestra on Saturday and Chelsey Green and The Green Project on Sunday. Castrillo has performed with stars such as Tito Puente, Steve Winwood, Michael Brecker and Ruben Blades; Green has performed at the Grammy Awards and at the grand opening of The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, as well given an NPR Tiny Desk concert and appeared on CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
Both are associate professors at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
The Saturday lineup includes Anna Borges and Bill Ward; Zahili Gonzalez Zamora; and David Rivera y la Bambula. Sunday brings in the Ron Savage Trio with Bill Pierce and Bobby Broom; Gabrielle Goodman celebrating Aretha Franklin; El Eco with Guillermo Nojechowicz; and Zeke Martin and Oracle.
“Cambridge is home to a vibrant music scene. These two days will really showcase that,” said Robyn Culbertson, executive director of the Cambridge Office for Tourism.
In addition to performances, the festival weekend includes a jazz museum, music therapy, an interactive pop-up exhibit around the science of sound from the MIT Museum, the presentation of a college scholarship and the Cambridge Jazz Foundation’s Cammy Awards.
There will be food trucks, a kids’ area with face painting and a market where jazz fans can shop the works of local artists, crafters and other vendors. Vendors are welcome to register through July 23.